Brian Stelter Delivers Inaugural David and Janet Dix Media Ethics Lecture

Telling the Truth in an Age of Alternative Facts

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Delivering his remarks to a packed FirstEnergy Auditorium, CNN’s chief media correspondent and anchor of the weekly program “Reliable Sources,” Brian Stelter talked about the current media environment and delivered 11 keys for ethical journalism in the fake news era (see sidebar/graphic).

In his lecture, entitled “Telling the Truth in the Age of Alternative Facts,” Stelter also encouraged students to find the one thing they were more passionate about than anyone they knew and really dive into it. He advised writing constantly to build up what he called “muscle memory” so you can write and report on news no matter what the deadline or the pressures. 

One such example he gave of how that advice worked for him was when he was called in to the CNN studio early in the morning after Anthony Bourdain, himself a CNN host, committed suicide. That early training allowed him, Stelter related, to write the obituary, to deliver the news of a friend and colleague’s passing despite being in a state of shock. “I could do it in my sleep,” Stelter said, “and that only comes from the repetition of doing it over and over again…Be performing acts of journalism every day…so you are ready to go.”

After the lecture, Stelter took questions from the audience in a lively session moderated by Professional-in-Residence and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Connie Schultz. Also recognized that evening were David and Janet Dix whose generosity has endowed the annual lecture series. The Dix Media Ethics Lecture further enhances the Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s role as a national leader in conversations around core media ethics issues.

To read more from Brian Stelter’s visit, his sit-down Q&A with journalism student Christiana Ford can be found here.

POSTED: Monday, March 4, 2019 11:26 AM
Updated: Friday, December 9, 2022 06:53 AM